Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov wrote in his article TERRORISM. HYBRID WAR. RUSSIA. published by Censor.NET.
He wrote: "In the East of Ukraine they mastered the technology of ground operations using powerful artillery and multiple launch rocket systems. In Syria Russia carries out military training and works off the combat use of its warplanes and missiles. Just recall the recent attacks on Syria conducted with the help of combat missiles, launched from strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22M2, from submarine "Rostov na Donu" or from the warships of Caspian Flotilla.
"In such a way Putin tests the accuracy and efficiency of target engagement with marine-, air- and underwater-launched cruise missiles. We must remember that these same missiles can carry nuclear warheads. It looks like Russia uses the war in the Middle East not only to preserve the Assad's regime and its Mediterranean naval base in Tartus but also as a free proving ground for demonstrative exercises in combat employment of powerful weapons. Russia trains, increases its combat potential and, obviously, is preparing to anything but peacekeeping operations.
"Therefore, the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which began in 2014, has become a long-term factor of influence not only on Ukrainian but also on the global political, economic, military and social reality. A new type of war - hybrid by its form and asymmetric in its essence - has distorted the system of global and regional security as well as the current system of international law.
"We must clearly realize that Russian regime is not going to stop. It creates and uses "flash points" to test new weapons and to work off new warfare tactics, for gaining combat experience by its military units, and to exert pressure on unyielding countries. Putin wants to implement the "revenge geostrategy" at any cost," the NSDC secretary wrote.